With the success of films such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool and the recent Logan, 20th Century Fox aims to continue on its cinematic X-Men series in the best way possible. Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Logan/Wolverine earlier this year set a new bar for the genre, flipping it on its head by utilising a western theme and a hard R-rating that were needed in order to deliver the sendoff the character, and the actor himself, needed. With that, the franchise is on a high at the moment but looking at the bigger picture, however, the core X-Men movies face a somewhat of an uphill battle following last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which for some was not quite the follow up to Days of Future Past they were hoping for. Fox now has the next title in the series X-Men: Dark Phoenix on the burner and the players involved in front of the camera keep getting better and better.
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long-time X-Men producer Simon Kinberg is helming the project that sees the continuation of the story through X-Men First Class, Days of Future Past and Apocalypse with the younger (current) versions of characters, most notable of which being Charles Xavier/Professor X (McAvoy), Mystique/Raven (Lawrence), Beast/Hank (Hoult), Magneto/Eric Lensher (Fassbender), who more recently have been joined by Jean Grey (Turner), Cyclops/Scott Summers (Sheridan) and Quiksilver (Peters), all back on the big screen once again. Although, there are bound to be more characters in introduced in Dark Phoenix, and Miss Sloane star Jessica Chastain seems to have confirmed her involvement with, and potentially her role in, the movie.
Chastain sent a post to her Instagram account showing an image of her and X-Men series regular James McAvoy with a caption telling her followers that she’s heading up to the film’s Montreal set:
Chastain’s choice of comments; “I’m gonna make you cry so hard“, point very strongly towards her being the villain of Dark Phoenix, as was previously rumoured, only emphasised more by the inclusion of a devil horn emoji.
The 40-year-old actress’ presence in the upcoming film bolsters its chances of bringing the series back strong, and with a storyline that revolves around Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey and the appearance of The Phoenix Force, first seen on the big screen in X-Men: The Last Stand (now not a part of canon), 20th Century Fox is pretty much guaranteed to get a lot of people out to the movies for this one.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix November 2nd, 2018.